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child sparks memories of missing Ben Needham
disappearance of three-year-old
Madeleine McCann has echoes of the
tragic case of Ben Needham, who went
missing in Greece in 1991.
Ben was just 21 months old when he
disappeared on the island of Kos where
he was staying with his family.
Despite a long running campaign by
mother, he has never been found.
Kidnap fears for British girl, 3,
missing during Portuguese holiday
Kerry Grist, now 34, from Sheffield,
said she knew what a terrible ordeal
Madeleine's parents would be going
She said: "I can imagine what they are
going through, I went through exactly
the same 16 years ago. It will be a
nightmare for them.
"They will be distraught, they will
blame themselves, they will feel
absolutely helpless and they will be
praying that their little girl is found
safe and well.
"All they can do is rely on the police
and other support services."
She added: "At least she has gone
missing in a busy commercial area with
good communications so she can be found
"Hopefully they are getting better
support from the police than we did when
Ben went missing. We were in a very
remote spot on Kos and the police didn't
believe what we were telling them and
valuable time was lost.
"That hasn't happened in this case and
that can only help in the search for
this little girl."
There have been a number of theories put
forward to explain what happened to Ben.
In the months after he disappeared, the
most common theory was that he had been
snatched by gypsies.
Now Mrs Grist - she changed her name
after remarrying last year - thinks her
son was snatched for adoption by a
non-Greek family, perhaps in
Scandinavia, Australia or the United
She said: "I still firmly believe that I
will see him again one day."
She added: "I just hope and pray this
little girl is found quickly and safely
so her parents don't have to go through
the pain I have for all these years."
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